Maha Shivratri, also known as the “Night of Lord Shiva,”; is one of the most significant Hindu festivals, celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion across the country. This year, it has fallen on February 18, 2023. There are many legends associated with Maha Shivratri that underlines its significance. The most prominent one says that on this day, Lord Shiva performed the divine dance, Tandav, and wed his beloved consort, Goddess Parvati – the union of male and female energies that hold the world in balance. Devotees fast, worship, and make offerings to Lord Shiva on this auspicious day.
As per astrology, the 12 signs of the zodiac are driven by 4 elements of nature – Fire, Earth, Air, and Water and can celebrate the auspicious festivals as per their zodiac sign – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.
Maha Shivratri 2023: Celebrations as per Zodiac Signs
Maha Shivratri is celebrated across the country. Expert astrologer Pandit Jagannath Guruji says, “In astrology, each zodiac sign is associated with a different planet and element, and each sign has unique characteristics and traits”. Here are some ways you can celebrate Shivratri based on your zodiac sign:
Aries (March 21 – April 19) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Aries is a Fire sign associated with Mars, the planet of energy and strength. You can celebrate Shivratri by fasting and performing rigorous physical activities like yoga or dance, to channel your abundant energy in a positive way. Offer Lord Shiva red flowers and light a ghee lamp to invoke his blessings.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Taurus is an Earth sign associated with Venus, the planet of love and beauty. You can celebrate Shivratri by offering Lord Shiva white flowers and sandalwood paste, and meditating to connect with the divine. You can also prepare a delicious feast with traditional dishes like thandai and share it with your loved ones.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Gemini is an Air sign associated with Mercury, the planet of communication and intellect. You can celebrate Shivratri by reading the Shiva Purana or other sacred texts and learning more about Lord Shiva’s symbolism and mythology. You can also chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ mantra to attune yourself to the energy of Lord Shiva.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Cancer is a Water sign associated with the Moon, the planet of emotions and intuition. You can celebrate Shivratri by offering Lord Shiva milk and rice, and performing a ritual bath or abhishekam to purify your soul. You can also light a diya or candle and offer your prayers to Lord Shiva to seek his blessings for inner peace and emotional stability.
Leo (July 23 – August 22) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Leo is a Fire sign associated with the Sun, the planet of vitality and leadership. You can celebrate Shivratri by dressing up in traditional attire and performing a puja to Lord Shiva with full devotion and passion. You can also offer Lord Shiva marigold flowers and incense sticks to enhance your aura and radiance.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Virgo is an Earth sign associated with Mercury, the planet of communication and intellect. You can celebrate Shivratri by offering Lord Shiva fresh fruits and sweets and performing a havan or homa to purify your environment. You can also organize a charity drive or donation to serve the underprivileged and spread kindness and compassion.
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Libra (September 23 – October 22) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Libra is an Air sign associated with Venus, the planet of love and beauty. You can celebrate Shivratri by creating a beautiful altar or mandir for Lord Shiva and offering him fragrant flowers and perfumes. You can also light camphor or dhoop to cleanse your space and invoke positivity and harmony.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Scorpio is a Water sign associated with Mars, the planet of energy and strength. You can celebrate Shivratri by offering Lord Shiva vermilion powder and honey, and performing puja with intense devotion and reverence. You can also recite the Mahamrityunjaya mantra to ward off negative energies and attract abundance and prosperity.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
As a Sagittarius – a Fire Sign – you are known for your adventurous spirit and your love for travel. On Shivratri, you can celebrate Lord Shiva by taking a pilgrimage to one of his holy shrines. You can also meditate on the symbol of the trident, which represents the three aspects of consciousness – waking, dreaming, and deep sleep. Offer Lord Shiva some sweet milk, which is considered his favorite offering.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Capricorn is an Earth sign and they are known for their hard work and determination. On Shivratri, you can celebrate Lord Shiva by meditating on the symbol of the snake, which is associated with the god. The snake symbolizes Kundalini energy, which represents the awakening of your spiritual energy. Chant the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ to help you connect with Lord Shiva. Offer the lord some sesame seeds and jaggery, which are considered his favorite offerings.
Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Aquarius is an Air sign and is known for its independent and unconventional nature. On Shivratri, you can celebrate Lord Shiva by meditating on the symbol of the lingam, which represents the union of the divine masculine and feminine energies. Chant the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ to help you connect with Lord Shiva. Offer the lord some blue flowers, which are considered his favorite offerings.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20) Maha Shivratri Celebrations
Pisces is a Water sign and they are known for their compassionate and empathetic nature. On Shivratri, you can celebrate Lord Shiva by meditating on the symbol of the lotus, which represents spiritual enlightenment and purity. Chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ to help you connect with Lord Shiva. Offer the lord some milk and honey, which are considered his favorite offerings.
“Celebrating Lord Shiva during Shivratri can be a deeply spiritual and fulfilling experience. By incorporating your zodiac sign into your celebration, you can enhance your connection with the god and deepen your spiritual practice. Remember, the most important aspect of the celebration is your intention and devotion to Lord Shiva. So, find the practices that resonate with you and celebrate this auspicious occasion with an open heart and a peaceful mind”, adds astrologer Pandit Jagannath Guruji.
(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the expert quoted. Zee News doesn’t confirm this.)